BOOKS WRITTEN OR EDITED BY HAZEL K. BELL

 

From Flock Beds to Professionalism:
a history of index-makers



Preface by David Crystal
Presents brief biographies of
65 index-makers since the 15th century
Outlines the history of indexing groups and societies to 1995
Hardcover with dust jacket
6 x 9 inches, 340 pages
ISBN 978-0-9552503-4-7
£35.00

co-published by HKB Press in the UK
and Oak Knoll Press in the US

Hazel K. Bell is the doyenne of indexers. Her clearly-written and informative From Flock Beds to Professionalisrn is an extensive account of her profession. ... This important book concludes with ... an extensive index, which should provide a model to us all. - Year's Work in English Studies

It is difficult to express the breadth of this book. ... Hazel Bell has embraced the profession of indexing and made it visible and entertaining. - LOGOS

You will be amazed at the wealth of fascinating information contained within this beautifully written and produced book. - The Indexer

For anyone interested in the development of professions associated with publishing, it is a useful compendium of information in convenient book form. - Society of Freelance Editors and Proofreaders

... a wonderful paean to the profession ... a treasure trove of information about indexers and their habits. - Papers of the Bibliographical Society of Canada

Read and enjoy - you will be amazed at the wealth of fascinating information contained within this beautifully written and produced book. - The Indexer

It is difficult to express the breadth of this book. .. Hazel Bell has embraced the profession of indexing and made it visible and entertaining. - LOGOS

The volume is filled with such delightful records ... although each entry is painstakingly compiled, this book can be dipped into with something approaching ludic delight. - Libraries & the Cultural Record

Bell offers some entertaining anecdotage. - Times Literary Supplement

I found this inspiring and humorous book a delightful read about the roots of indexing and the threads of continuity that follow us into the 21st century. - Key Words (American Society of Indexers)

I have to strongly recommend this book for anyone wanting to immerse themselves in the history of our shared profession. - Bulletin of the Indexing Society of Canada/ Société canadienne d'indexation Volume 31, Number 1, Spring 2009

 

Indexing biographies and other stories of human lives
(Society of Indexers, 1992; 2nd edition 1998; 3rd edition 2004)

Times Literary Supplement, March 1992 ... admirably clear ... common sense is to the fore ...

American Society of Indexers Newsletter, No. 110, May/June 1992
A joy to read and enjoyable to use ... both invaluable and delightful

Australian Society of Indexers Newsletter Vol. 16 No. 1, Nov/Dec 1992
It is a particular pleasure to read

IASC Bulletin 21.1. March 1999
A thorough discussion of the problems inherent in biographical material ... A "must read" for anyone who is working in that genre ... a pleasure to read.

The Indexer 24/2 October 2004 by Do Mi Stauber -- p 113
This is such a refreshing book! Bell's approach to narrative indexing is flexible, subtle, interpretive, and respectful, qualities to which all indexers should aspire.

Journal of Scholarly Publishing 36/3 April 2005 by Carrie Pedersen -- pp 173-6
... a personable guide for professional indexers on how to raise their craft to the level of art. ... a pleasing blend of sensibility, encouragement, and fun, with a dash of philosophy thrown in.

Key Words 13/1 Jan/March 2005 by Dave Prout -- pp 29-30
... reflects many of her insights and innovative work with indexing novels. She brings to all of her articles and books a clear and witty intelligence, an impressive mastery of indexing skills, and a lifetime of reading.

LOGOS 15/3 2004 by John Edmondson, pp 167-8
Informative and thought-provoking -- and surprisingly entertaining.

 

Indexers and indexes in fact and fiction
(the British Library / University of Toronto Press, 2001)

This book not only examines the history of the index but also brings to light the debate and comment that the index has invited over the years, examining examples of indexes from earlier centuries: some endearingly quaint; some deliberately humorous; some plain awful; some presenting astonishingly vehement views. Also examines the depiction of indexers in fiction.

National Post (Canada)
... a delightful anthology ... She makes her subject both serious and funny.

The Alliance of Literary Societies Newsletter
A wonderful book for editors, indexers and bibliophiles.

Papers of the Bibliographical Society of Canada
This witty and entertaining book will delight all those interested in the history of the book.

 

Situation books for under-sixes
(Kenneth Mason, 1969)

It is very helpful for young children faced with an unfamiliar situation, such as a hospital visit or the arrival of a new baby, to show them attractive picture books about others [children or animals] encountering the same situation. This is an annotated list of high-standard appropriate books to help prepare a child for something new in its life.

 

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